Saturday, November 30, 2013


Me? A reindeer?

I guess I can do that!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

I don't even know what to say about this Thanksgiving. 

Some things are as they should be. Kate, Jay, and Bo are with his Alabama family; Worth and his crew are with Ashley's family. E.W. and I are thankful that our kids married into families who love them unconditionally and who have become our families as well.

E.W. is spending the day with his folks while I'm with mama (it's her first Thanksgiving without daddy AND her first birthday without him as well). While we'd love to be together, it just seems as if this is the best plan right now. We are thankful for that, too.

89 on Thanksgiving

Mama's 89th birthday fell on Thanksgiving this year. It was so hard for her without daddy, of course, but I can't even tell you how brave she was.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Good-bye, Poof.

I've never been especially happy with our sofa. A very long time ago we had the furniture store bring it out on approval. It's been here ever since and a new sofa was a long way down on the household wish list. 

poofy sofa

A couple of months ago, I saw a friend's post on Facebook. The camel-back sofa her mama (a lovely southern woman) had given her forty years ago needed a new home. I was more than happy to oblige.

classic sofa

She and her husband brought it over and although I was hoping to use it as is, the color just would not blend with the rest of the furniture in the living room. After scouting and ordering fabric, then connecting with another friend's upholsterer, I am happy to report that our new-to-us sofa is content in its new home (although I have no idea why the walls look so yellow in photographs). Pillows aren't finished yet, but I'm loving it already.

Welcome home!

Oh, and Poof has moved on to another home, too, where it will be appreciated and loved.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Saturday, November 16, 2013

This Man

This baby...

This boy...

This husband...

This soldier...

This daddy...

This granddaddy...

This great-granddaddy...

Will be so missed...

Edwin Fairbanks Cavaleri, junior
May 2, 1927 - November 15, 2013
The best daddy a girl could ever hope to have.

Sunday, November 10, 2013

More (German) Cowbell

When I was a baby we lived in Erlangen, where just before his 26th birthday, my daddy admired this hand carved cow with German cowbells. A few days later, mama loaded me up and we went back and bought it for his gift. 

Mama and me with the bell.
Clearly I was a fan.

Since that time, every child who has been in their home has considered it a treat to be allowed to ring the cowbell. For my entire childhood, mama would give it a light tap to let Daddy and me know it was mealtime. Worth and Kate did it every time they were at their grandparents' home. Friday, Bo got his turn.

Kate and Bo; he, too, was a big fan.

This cowbell has been a part of life for four far!

Friday, November 8, 2013

Friday with Great-Grands

I'm spending a few days with my folks; daddy and I spent the morning taking care of some investment business and this afternoon sweet Kate brought Bo for a visit. He was so good, despite all of the new and interesting things to get into.

Update: The day after this visit, daddy began to feel worse. By Sunday, he was in great pain and Monday afternoon we were able, finally, to move him to skilled nursing where he could have morphine. I left Wednesday after the sweetest visit with him, just the two of us. We said everything we ever needed to say and for that I am thankful. Thursday was Emmett's birthday and around eleven o'clock that night, I got the call that daddy had passed away and I headed back to be with mama. I am grateful that however sad we are, we are confident that he is with Jesus, as he longed to be. 

not ready to let go of mama just yet

warming up

minor miracle: sitting still for a quick minute
and it's not even with his mama :)

Sunday, November 3, 2013

UGA 23 - FL 20

Our crew opted for a day of family fun for the GA/FL game this year. It's always a good day when both our kids and their families are here with us. Thankfully the Dawgs managed a win; that's always a good day, too! 

Friday, November 1, 2013

Behind the Scenes

Yesterday I shared a group shot of our four grandchildren; here's a bit more about the reality of Halloween!

Ellie helps Auntie Kate wrestle Bo into his costume. Emma supervises.

Emma jumps in to help hold Bo down.

Love this! Notice her feet are OFF the ground. Think she was excited?

Ready to roll.

Everybody hold a hand!

Bo demonstrating his signature move:
left thumb in mouth,
right index finger rubbing palm of left hand.

Bo and Mack were trick or treaters in costume only. While the girls and their mama were out with friends, E.W., Worth, Kate, and I stayed at the house with the fellas. Kate and I thought we needed pictures of the football player and the football. Imagine how cooperative they were.

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